Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Mondays

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In today’s case, a Tuesday morning might apply here. Many of us just rolled off of a three-day holiday weekend and, even if you love your job, transitioning back to your work day after a couple of days relaxing or having fun with friends and loved ones can be a bit challenging. Looking for ways to make this day more enjoyable? Try a few of my favorites:

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Mondays

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep the Night Before. It’s easy to get caught up in the weekend fun, but being conscious of your time the night before returning to work is so important. If you get to bed at a reasonable hour, you will have more energy to step into the week ahead instead of trudging in sluggishly after a late night.
  2. Do Something You Enjoy. Why not carry a little bit of the weekend into your Monday? For some people, it might be going to a workout class, or maybe you go for a walk or read a book on your lunch break. Perhaps a happy hour with friends is more your style. Whatever it is, incorporating something that you enjoy outside of work into the day will help you to ease back into things.
  3. Work on Tasks or Projects that Can Be Completed and Checked Off. It might be organizing your calendar for the month, cleaning up your office, writing notes of encouragement for your team, or digging in to those projects that you just never seem to be able to get done. It will leave you feeling accomplished and will the tone for the rest of the week. You may even consider keeping a “Monday task list” handy, something that you can have ready to go when those mornings roll around.
  4. Plan Something Fun for Later in the Week. Why save all of the fun and happiness for the weekend? Take a moment on Monday to plan something enjoyable for later in the week. Try a movie night, dinner with a friend, or maybe an art class. Giving yourself something to look forward to will help to spread out the happiness and you’ll feel it kick in the moment you set it up.
  5. Exercise. This one seems to work its way into nearly every list, but it holds so much power. While you might prefer to practice this at some other point in the day, if at all possible to spend even 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning with a walk, yoga, or some other physical activity, you will be thankful. Starting out with morning exercise boosts your mood, relieves stress, and kick starts your energy. I can’t think of a better way to step back in to your work week ahead.

 

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